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mal-treated orchids

This is a discussion on mal-treated orchids within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hi orchid lovers, This afternoon I went to a kind of farm exhibition. I spotted ...

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    Hi orchid lovers,

    This afternoon I went to a kind of farm exhibition. I spotted a guy selling orchids. I wanted to buy a plant or two, but the plants looked ill-treated. I went away to check other things, then decided to buy one orchid plant. I found out that the seller was packing his orchids already when I returned to his booth. In the end, I bought the whole plants for a very cheap price. The seller didn't want to bring back the big box with plenty of orchids, about 50 plants

    At home, I was very sad to see the devastated orchids. In the meantime, I put them under open sky to get fresh air and I water them with vit B.

    What should I do to revive the orchids? Should I spray the fungiside and fertilizer?

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    oops very sad to see them.

    I think some can still be rescued.

    First, cut off blacken, mushy leaves & stem using sterilize blade. When cutting stem, trim down till you no longer see back area. Then seal up each wound using cinnamon or fungicide paste.

    After this operation, spray all these plant with fungicide thoroughly. Repeat every three days or so for about 3 weeks or so. You can either mount or pot them. But I prefer mounting them.

    Then, keep them under bright light with good air-circulation. Don't put under direct sunlight as this will stress to them.

    When you see them establish on mount, you can slowly introduce them to direct morning sunlight. Start fertilizing them once established on mount.

    Hope this helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cucubirds View Post
    oops very sad to see them.

    I think some can still be rescued.

    First, cut off blacken, mushy leaves & stem using sterilize blade. When cutting stem, trim down till you no longer see back area. Then seal up each wound using cinnamon or fungicide paste.

    After this operation, spray all these plant with fungicide thoroughly. Repeat every three days or so for about 3 weeks or so. You can either mount or pot them. But I prefer mounting them.

    Then, keep them under bright light with good air-circulation. Don't put under direct sunlight as this will stress to them.

    When you see them establish on mount, you can slowly introduce them to direct morning sunlight. Start fertilizing them once established on mount.

    Hope this helps.
    In addition - do not mix these orchids with your existing collection until you can determine them to be disease and pest free. Give it a couple of weeks.


    cheers,
    BD

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    That's a very good haul. They look like jungle collected plants.

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    Thanks for the advice. How about watering? I collect water from the rain and use it for my orchids. Should I add vit B?

    They were mostly collected from the jungle before the mass destruction of fire. This is a big dilema for me, whether I save them as many as possible before they are burned. These orchids grow on big trees, and the trees are cut and cleaned from any plants. In the end, these orchids will end up as a pile of unwanted plants or gulma, and will go directly to fire. I heard from the seller today that everyday several trucks of unwanted plants are burned.

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    Just use plain water for the time being. Don't add any vit B now.

    Really feel sad to hear that they are treated as unwanted plants & burnt down.

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    That is life so sad story put all the plants under the shade just spraying with water follow instruction as cucubirds told after a week those who recovered from severe dehydration's are the one that will be with you.

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    good luck. some can probably be saved if you're careful.

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